Final Call for Papers


The Economic Geography of Creative Industries


Global Conference on Economic Geography

Date and location: July 24 - 28, 2018, University of Cologne


Chair: Chun Yang (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Co-Chair: Robert Hassink (Kiel University, Germany)


Call for papers


During the last decades, economic geographers have become increasingly
interested in creative industries, the creative economy, creative cities, as
well as the creative class. In addition to this increasing academic
interest, testified by several recent special issues in economic geography
journals, also policy-makers at several spatial levels (urban, regional,
national, as well as supranational) try to find ways how to foster creative
industries. Many studies focused both on the economic functions of creative
industries, mainly in terms of labor, value-added production, and exports,
as well as on their current organizational features. From a geographical
perspective, this session aims at two main strands of papers. First, it
invites papers exploring the agglomeration and clustering of creative
industries, as well as papers explaining the evolution of these creative
industry clusters. This strand of papers also deals with labor market
issues, project ecologies, temporary clusters, field-configuring events,
co-working spaces and creative labs, creativity and knowledge production,
and creative cities and creative regions. Secondly, it invites papers
analyzing creative industries from a globalization or global production
networks' perspective. These papers might deal with TNCs and foreign direct
investment and creative industries, strategic coupling and creative
industries, the position of creative industry clusters in global production
networks, and international migration and creative industries. We welcome
both empirical, theoretical, as well as policy-related papers. The focus can
be both on creative industries in general or any individual creative
industry, such as publishing and literature, performing arts, music, film,
video and photography, broadcasting, design, fashion, visual arts,
advertising, computer games and interactive media, as well as on creative


Please submit your abstract directly online through the conference website
between November 15th 2017 and March 15th 2018:  <> For any other inquiries, feel free to contact Chun
Yang ( <> or Robert Hassink
( <> 






Robert Hassink

Professor of Economic Geography

Dept. of Geography, Kiel University

Hermann-Rodewald-Str. 9

24098 Kiel, Germany

tel. 0049-431-880-2951

fax 0049-431-880-5290

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Visiting Professor in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology (Centre
for Urban & Regional Development Studies (CURDS)), Newcastle University, UK



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